Artist Kazimirs Laurs

 

Kazimirs Laurs

Kazimirs Laurs was born in the village of Šķerbinieki in Latvia in 1923, and has lived in Southern California since immigrating in the 1950s. His work is known internationally for its colorful and abstract views of nature, and can be found in private collections and international museums. Trained as an oil painter, today Laurs predominantly uses an iPad and is teeming with a renewed artistic energy at the age of 94.

His early childhood was spent in the beautiful Latvian countryside where he developed a deep love of nature. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the Latvian Legion near the end of World War II. He served in numerous battles until finally being injured and sent to Germany for medical treatment. Once he was well, he was sent to live in refugee camps (Displaced Persons camps) in Germany and Belgium. It was in the Belgian camp where Laurs began to draw and paint. Later he moved to a camp in Eslingen, Germany where he began his formal art training with well-known Latvian art teachers, Ludolfs Liberts, Francis Bange, Sigismunds Vidbergs and Jūlijs Matisons. It was also in Germany that he had his first art exhibit.

In 1950, Laurs immigrated to the United States, arriving by ship in New Orleans, Louisiana. He settled along the Southern California coast and has lived there ever since. Living in California with its many climates, from the beaches, the deserts and the mountains, he has never lacked for inspiring landscapes to paint and his palette is almost always vibrant and upbeat. His oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

In late 2017, at the age of 94, Laurs began drawing on the iPad and has developed a portfolio of more than 50 vibrant drawings, which are now available for exhibition and purchase as fine art prints. His first iPad art exhibit recently opened in Rēzekne, Latvia and will continue to be on display through December 2018. A new book of his iPad drawings is currently in production and will be available in December 2018.

For additional information about the artist and his work, contact: info@DunikaMediaGroup.com

 

Kazimirs Laurs

Trimdas latviešu gleznotājs dzimis Rēzeknes novada Makašānu pagastā un rudeņos atbrauc uz Latviju ieklausīties dzimtā novada dabas skaņās.

Gleznotājs un iPad planšeta zīmētajs Kazimirs Laurs dzimis 1923.g. 7.novembrī Rēzeknes novada Makašānu pagasta Šķerbinieku ciemā.

II pasaules kara beigās iesaukts latviešu leģionā, pārstaigājis Vidzemi, piedalījies kaujās pie Lubānas, Cesvaines, Mores, Nītaures, Kurzemē pie Pienavas ievainots, ārstēties nosūtīts uz Vāciju. Karavīra gaitas atsācis kā Tornas grāvracis un, II pasaules karam beidzoties, nonācis Putlosas (Vācija) un Cēdelheimas (Beļģija) gūstekņu nometnēs. Vēl būdams gūstā, K.Laurs sāk zīmēt un gleznot, vēlāk, pārcēlies uz Eslingenu (Vācija), kur mācījies nometnes latviešu mākslas skolā pie māksliniekiem L.Liberta, F.Banges, S.Vidberga un J.Matisona, šai laikā pirmo reizi ar saviem darbiem piedalās arī vietējā izstādē.

1950.g. K.Laurs izceļo uz ASV un apmetas uz dzīvi Dienvidkalifornijā Klusā okeāna krastā Santamonikas pilsētā. Visu brīvo laiku tagad pavada pie iPad planšetdatora, ar pilnu atdevi veltot sevi žīmēšanai. Viņa darbnīca bieži vien ir bijusi latviešu mākslinieku un radošo darbinieku satikšanās vieta.

K.Laurs piedalījies daudzās amerikāņu un latviešu rīkotajās kopējās izstādēs, Amerikas latviešu Rietumu krasta Dziesmu svētku un Kultūras fonda mākslas skatēs Sietlā un Sanfrancisko. Kopš 2002.g. izstādes tiek rīkotas arī Latvijā (Rīgā, Rēzeknē, Ludzā, Līvānos)

Latviešu teksts: Inese Dundure